Profile of "The Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart

Jimmy Hart
Jimmy Hart at the 2015 Licensing Expo. Gabe Ginsberg Getty Images Entertainment

The Style of the Mouth of the South

Jimmy Hart's trademark was bringing a megaphone to the ring and wearing outlandish clothing.  In an interview I conducted with him, he explained the reason for his brightly painted outfits.  While he was in the music business,  Dick Clark told him that "if you dress like you are in the audience then one day you will be sitting in the audience."

From Pop Singer to Manager of Andy Kaufman

Jimmy Hart was born on January 1, 1944, in Memphis, TN.

He was a member of the band the Gentrys whose song Keep on Dancing was a big hit in 1965. Jimmy was brought into the wrestling business by Jerry Lawler. In 1982, Jimmy Hart managed Andy Kaufman in his legendary feud against Jerry Lawler. Three years later, Jimmy made his debut in WWE.

WWE Manager

For eight years, he was one of the best heel managers in the WWE and had many champions to his credit.  1987 was his most successful year as he was the manager of both the World Tag Team Champions (The Hart Foundation) and the Intercontinental Champion (The Honky Tonk Man) at the same time.  In 1993, he made the switch over to face when he defended the injured Brutus Beefcake from Money Inc.  He would manage Hulk Hogan for a brief period before they both left the WWE.

A Friend of the Hulkster

Before returning to the ring, Jimmy Hart was a recurring character on Hulk's TV show Thunder in Paradise. Jimmy was with Hulk Hogan when he was signed by World Championship Wrestling in 1994.

He turned on Hulk a year-and-a-half later to join the Dungeon of Doom. After a brief stint with the Dungeon, Jimmy worked behind-the-scenes as a composer of ring music. In 2005, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

WWE & WCW Champions Managed by Jimmy Hart

WWE World Champion 

  • Hulk Hogan

WWE Intercontinental Champions

  • Greg Valentine
  • The Honky Tonk Man
  • The Mountie

WWE World Tag Team Champions

WWE Women's Tag Team Champions

  • Lelani Kai & Judy Martin

WCW World Championship

  • Hulk Hogan (Jimmy became the first person to ever manage a WWF and WCW World Champion. This feat was later duplicated by Miss Elizabeth).

(Sources: IMDB.com, WWE.com, PWI Almanac, & Onlineworldofwrestling.com)